We already told you all about the Corvette Stingray in our Deep Dive feature last night, but now we've had a chance to part the massive crowds surrounding it and get up close and personal at the Chevrolet stand here on the Detroit Auto Show floor. What do we think?

Not surprisingly, the C7 has real presence. And at least without a proper street backdrop and other vehicles for scale, this new Corvette looks smaller – likely because of the more defined surfacing along the side and less-rounded appearance overall, it has a shrink-wrapped appearance (this, despite a longer wheelbase). In our book, that's a very good thing.

We expected to have some trouble wrapping our heads around the Stingray's rear end treatment, and we have – but not for the reason you might think. The taillamp array is a bold departure from tradition, but the indirect lighting and deep-mounted fixtures are compelling, and the functional vents that surround them are unique. It's the prominent center-mount exhaust outlets that we're having a bit of trouble wrapping our head around. We'd like to see what the rear end looks like with squared-off outlets that mimic the taillamps, as right now, the exhausts are the only circular element on the entire back graphic of the car, and that strikes us a bit odd. Maybe for the eventual Z06 or ZR1?

Back to the vents for a moment – there are a whole lot of them, especially on this Z51-spec model. Thankfully, they're all functional, and they add a sense of genuine purpose and menace to the design. That said, we'd like to see how the car looks in a bright paint hue like red with the vents finished in body color, as going color-keyed should smooth out the design somewhat, which some of us found a bit fussy. Perhaps it's just going to take some time to get used to versus the C6 and C5 generations, which were much simpler designs overall.

Even at a glance, the interior is leagues ahead of the outgoing model, which is no surprise. We like the new smaller-diameter wheel, the driver-oriented center stack and the passenger-side climate controls underneath the air vent is a nice touch. The fit-and-finish evident is significantly better than what we've seen in the past, but at first blush, it doesn't appear to set new standards for the class.

The most important thing about the C7 Corvette will be its performance, of course, and the new LT1 small block and the preliminary performance metrics released look spectacular, from the 450 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque to the promised 0-60 mph of under four seconds.

The C6 was already a bargain, and if Chevrolet manages to keep the C7's pricing more or less in check, this new model figures to be a smash hit.



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      Hazdaz
      • 1 Year Ago
      As good as the old C6 looked, this new C7 instantly makes the old car look ancient. The new C7 looks fantastic inside and out and the engineering that they put into it also sounds amazing. Can't wait to read some reviews and see some videos of it in action.
      Terry C Design
      • 1 Year Ago
      The grill says C1 to me more than it does any thing else. i see a lot of comments referring to Farrari influence but in my opinion the front end carries a lot of Corvette heritage. It morphs into something totally new as you scan to the rear. Ithink that;s what is catching everyone off guard...including myself.
      MechE
      • 1 Year Ago
      7-speed manual transmissions aye? Me like.
      bubciak
      • 1 Year Ago
      Smoking hot psssss!!!
      Yoshi
      • 1 Year Ago
      I love the front and the profile views, but the rear end doesn't do it for me. I do like the design overall.
      Ducman69
      • 1 Year Ago
      Love it! With over 450 ftlbs though, I am absolutely positive you could drive this car all day in third gear if you wanted to, making 7-speeds more for one-ups-manship than anything else! Heck, even on the C5 the 6-th gear was a pure fuel-economy extra gear (well under 2000rpm at 80mph, heh: http://farm1.staticflickr.com/119/312878097_ffc2269e12_o.jpg). ;)
        edward.stallings
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ducman69
        I'm with you on the 7 speeds. Had a C6 and you could tell 6th was just for cruise.
      telm12345
      • 1 Year Ago
      Rev matching on a manual - anyone else offer that? I wonder how that feels to drive. No need to heel-toe, which despite being an art, wouldn\'t be terrible to have. The best part is that you can switch it off! I want to see this in gun-metal gray and black - I think it\'ll have some \"Chuck Norris\" motif.
        pkchari
        • 1 Year Ago
        @telm12345
        The Nissan 370Z had it since introduction (specifically introduction of the *370*, not its 350 or earlier predecessors). A lot of people have generally said it's a boon for getting faster shifts and never missing a downshift. Of course, there are, as you'd expect, people who pine for the fact that it means never having to learn a valuable skill, but even they will admit that there will never be a human who can do it as flawlessly as the computer can no matter how much experience they have. Hell, if not having to manage throttle accurately means that the market for manuals increases, then I'm all for it.
        icemilkcoffee
        • 1 Year Ago
        @telm12345
        I don't understand why they don't just go with a dual clutch trans like all the other high performance cars. Why this half as attempt?
          Dreez28
          • 1 Year Ago
          @icemilkcoffee
          No dual clutch option available to handle the torque, plus dual clutch set ups are heavier and more expensive, both the produce, and to repair. They also pose almost no benefit to overall performance for the amount of sacrifice.
      SideWayz8
      • 1 Year Ago
      There is something about the car I can't really grasp. I don't know whether it's the rear end like the writer mentioned or the front end of the car but I'm getting mixed emotions. I want to love it, but the looks is making me question my love. Maybe it's the red color, I saw it in grey and it was more easy on the eyes.
      Charles
      • 1 Year Ago
      Maybe like this? http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc7/741193_4547416158209_1589172758_o.jpg
        Jonathan Wayne
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Charles
        Soooo much better. Can you delete those vents over the hood and rear wheels too and round out the back and fix the exhausts also. If you can do that GM needs to hire you ASAP.
        Hal20xx
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Charles
        I actually do like that. Keep in mind, we're only being shown the Z51 performance package which was designed to look a little more aggressive than the absolute base model. Having the option for color matched venting would calm a lot of the concerns people have with the design.
      cobramustang1993
      • 1 Year Ago
      I think the car is a bold departure from the C6 overall excellent......But not as bold for it's time as the 1963 Design that was really advanced and still holds it own today.....My only real immediate criticism is the amount of gloss black paint area above the exhaust....Too much and too glossy.....I would rather see body color or a mix of body color and a semi-flat black rather than the glossy finish....The glossy-finish looks cheap IMHO.....I am a product designer, and these negatives hit me right away upon first glance.....Would I like to have the C7-Absolutely!!!!!
      telm12345
      • 1 Year Ago
      Don't like the vents, just get it in black. I can't wait to see it in person and read the reviews.
      Mr E
      • 1 Year Ago
      I really think making all the black trim pieces body-colored would have a huge effect, and really clean up the rear. I'm surprised they didn't do this, and keep the black colored bits for the Z51, or eventual Z06. That, and I definitely agree the exhaust tips would look better with more of a dual-trapezoidal design -- and again, maybe reserve the quad cannon exhaust for a Z06-type model. Oh well -- these things could still be taken care of by the time its released, or for 2015 :)
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